Gear Artistic Knives – Unusual Suspects Recoil Staff September 26, 2012 0 COMMENT A Work of Art in Your Pocket A good knife is an indispensable tool that is used for everything from busting open that package you just got delivered to getting you out of a tricky situation. Shown here in actual size are a range of knives, from one that was designed for close quarters combat to one that includes a retractable, glass breaker. Precisely machined, these pocket-works of art are almost too beautiful to be used…almost. Brand Colombia River Knife & Tool Model K.I.S.S.ASSist OAL 6.75 inches Blade Length 2.75 inches Weight 2.5 ounces MSRP $69 URL www.crkt.com This knife features a Fire-Safe mechanism that allows for safe and fast, one-hand assisted opening and one-hand closing. Brand Spartan Blades Model CQB Tool OAL 6.94 inches Blade Length 2.88 inches Weight 2 ounces MSRP $160 URL www.spartanbladesusa.com Designed for close-quarters-grappling situations, this ring dagger comes with its own MOLLE/PALS-compatible kydex sheath. Brand SOG Model Aegis Mini Tanto-Black TiNi OAL 7 inches Blade Length 3 inches Weight 2 ounces MSRP $90 URL www.sogknives.com This ultralightweight knife features an assisted opening and a reversible pocket clip. Brand Spyderco Model Assist Black Blade OAL 8.44 inches Blade Length 3.69 inches Weight 4 ounces MSRP $150 URL www.spyderco.com Made for emergencies, this blunt-nosed knife includes a glass breaker and a whistle, and can be converted to safely cut rope without exposing the knife’s edge to the user. Brand Zero Tolerance Knives Model Ranger Green Assisted Folder OAL 8.63 inches Blade Length 3.75 inches Weight 8 ounces MSRP $340 URL www.kershawknives.com This collaboration between ZT and Strider Knives is deployed one-handed thanks to its smooth operation and ambidextrous blade protrusion. Brand Benchmade Model Adamas Folder OAL 8.7 inches Blade Length 3.82 inches Weight 7.7 ounces MSRP $195 URL www.benchmade.com Featuring great overall balance, smooth blade operation, and nice grip feel, the individually numbered blade puts this knife over the top. Brand 5.11 Model Tanto Surge OAL 8.85 inches Blade Length 4.25 inches Weight 7 ounces MSRP $90 URL www.511tactical.com The Tanto Surge has serrated, index-finger and thumb grips for control and comes with its own MOLLE-compatible sheath. Brand Houge Model EX-01 Tactical Folder G-Mascus OAL 9 inches Blade Length 4 inches Weight 5.2 ounces MSRP $240 URL www.hogueknives.com The EX-01 features a chemical-resistant G10 grip and locking blade safety.